Has one team recorded useful information like the number of days in a year and the number of hours in a day?
Take time to talk about the strategies students are using.
The teacher observed one boy trying to forcefully grab the toy from a girl.
Another boy had a temper tantrum because he did not have a turn playing with the toy.
The teacher bought a toy that all the children like to play with.
Due to the restricted funds of the child care program, the teacher could buy only one.
There are some numbers given, along with clues about the fact that this involves addition and/or subtraction. Here is a list of problem-solving strategies adapted from the book Some of these strategies are intuitive for many students.
How many of your students would act it out or draw a picture to help solve the bus problem?
When a child looks at a problem and says, “I don’t know,” our role as a teacher is to help them persevere – to stick with it and find a solution.
Strategies are the tools we use to get started when there is no obvious solution path. Which one has the more straightforward solution path? For many learners, the problem on the left, while not always easy to solve, is easier to start.